Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session we began again with vocabulary words and this time went for about 2/3 of a page, leaving just under that amount to complete next time before we would be done. We then went on to the other math sections that we had not yet completed, and this time finished them. The final topics on math included similar shapes, and computing area resulting from the values found using similar shapes. One problem involved computing the area of a hexagon, which required us to find the value of one side of the hexagon and then piece out the other area components of the shape. At the end, the sums of all of the areas were added up, leading us to the final answer. We also discussed imaginary numbers. This topic is very advanced for an 8th grade math level, but the practice problem that had arisen that he answered incorrectly during the first practice test he went over was essentially knowing the vocabulary words: real numbers, imaginary numbers, and complex numbers. He will be able to correctly identify the number types on his test. We also reviewed what counted as a whole number, an integer, an positive integers. We also talked about ratio problems in this class. I gave him an example problem which involved jelly beans. I tested his understanding of this by another question involving the student body population. He used the process of writing down the ratios then multiplying them together in a manner which cancelled out terms in order to get the answer. We finished this idea of ratios by re-writing some ratios as portions of their wholes. I explained that this concept is usually tested by saying: which is the following is a possible number of total classmates? The answer here would have to be a multiple of 5. He understood this quickly. With all of the math topics now reviewed, we agreed that he should start taking practice exams. I stated we should take portions of these practice tests in our sessions. We ended the class by having him do a verbal section involving synonyms and sentence completion. As we didn't have the answers to these practice tests, I went over the answers as he reviewed his vocabulary words. We graded the practice section and ended the class."
"The student and I worked on reading comprehension for the first time today. Reading comprehension was his strongest subject on the practice test, but he has noted that it is also his most time-consuming and the area that he feels he could run out of time. With this in mind, we reviewed strategies for reading comprehension that will hopefully help him save time and prevent having to look back and forth between the questions and passages. We talked about reading the questions first and actively reading the passage, looking for the main idea, different sections of evidence, and the author's stance and tone, if any. This way, he will have a greater understanding of the passage in his mind before he has to move on to the questions. We went through practice sections, and he generally performed well, but sometimes had to check back and forth over and over. I will spend another session on critical reading and then move on to math. We may return to critical reading again in our review in January. I also am beginning to assign 30-minute essay writing homework so he can get a better feel for the time limit."
"In this session, the student and I focused on vocabulary and quantitative comparisons, based on the syllabus I provided. At first, we just went over some of the definitions of the words within the review book but we also went over Latin roots and defined some of the words within a volleyball article I provided. Then, I showed her some ways to approach definitions so that she could handle them on her own. Afterwards, we covered some basic math concepts, particularly fractions, radicals & geometry. I introduced some tips that should help her in the future, both for specific concepts as well as general tips that could be applicable to all types of tests. I assigned her some homework to define vocab terms & Latin roots within the review book. She seemed to learn quite a bit in both sections. She's quite capable of learning quickly."